East Timor was the first new nation of the 21st century, gaining independence from Indonesia in May 2002.
But a brutal backlash from the departing Indonesian military killed many people, destroyed roads, schools, and hospitals and left three-quarters of the population homeless
Today it remains one of the world’s poorest nations with challenges such as ensuring jobs for its people, proper management of revenues from its oil and gas, and the delivery of basic services to all.
Despite independence, civil unrest in the major cities and towns are still commonplace, while poor infrastructure continues to hamper development efforts.
We support several church and civil society partners working on agriculture, peace building and conflict resolution.